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Patriots Saddened to Announce the Passing of Cheerleading Director Tracy Sormanti

From Patriots.com:

Dec 07, 2020 at 07:06 PM

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are in mourning today after learning that Tracy Sormanti, the team’s longtime cheerleading director, passed away on Friday, Dec. 4, after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma. Sormanti, just 58 years old, was in her 32nd season of service with the Patriots organization.

“We are grieving the loss of a beloved member of our family today,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “Tracy Sormanti was one of my first hires after I bought the team, and after nearly three decades, I can confidently say that there was no one more dedicated to her job or caring and compassionate about those she coached. Like all great coaches, she was meticulous in her preparation and brought the best out of her squads. We have had the good fortune of having some of the greatest coaches in NFL history grace our sidelines, but none did so with such dignity and grace like Tracy. She earned my utmost respect and admiration for the way her teams always performed, not just on the sidelines, but more importantly as Patriots goodwill ambassadors in our New England communities and on the many Patriots USO military tours she coordinated around the world. She truly loved this organization and we loved her. Her presence will be greatly missed, but she will never be forgotten.”

Sormanti, a Rhode Island native, first joined the organization in 1983 as a Patriots cheerleader. She was a member of the Patriots cheerleading squad from 1983-84 and again from 1991-93, concluding her cheerleading career by representing the Patriots at the 1993 Pro Bowl. Shortly after Kraft bought the team in 1994, he named Sormanti the cheerleading director.

Over the past 27 seasons, Sormanti’s squads have performed at 10 Super Bowls, visited more than 30 countries and two dozen foreign operating bases on military tours, and made thousands of community appearances. As the Patriots’ on-field successes multiplied over the years, so too did interest in the Patriots Cheerleaders program. Sormanti developed an intense “bootcamp” audition process – which included everything from dance, to public speaking, to exams on the rules of football and Patriots history – and attracted hundreds of potential cheerleaders annually. She also created the Patriots Junior Cheerleaders program and a partnership with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute that raised more than $400,000 for cancer research through the clinics she hosted.

As director, Sormanti shaped the Patriots Cheerleaders program through her own core values: commitment, dedication, accountability, responsibility and a positive attitude. Her tenure was defined by her commitment to the community above all. She developed a program that taught incoming cheerleaders how to be goodwill ambassadors for the organization and placed as much of an emphasis on community service and engagement as on excellence in dance and cheer skills.

Despite facing grueling cancer treatments for the last three years, Sormanti continued to keep a daily presence at Gillette Stadium. She rarely missed a game or a practice and took great pride in seeing her squad perform on game day. However, her greatest joy came from seeing her cheerleaders accomplish their goals off the field, and she was very proud to assemble squads of not only dancers, but doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs and public servants.

In 2019, when asked what she hoped her legacy would be, she remarked: “That I’ve made a difference in the lives of the ladies and men who were on this team… and that they’ve learned some valuable life lesson because of a coach that they had in their life.”

Sormanti leaves behind her longtime companion, Dennis M. Brolin, her sister, Terri Ford, brother, Timothy Madden, five nieces and a nephew, and hundreds of former Patriots cheerleaders who grew to love her as much more than a coach. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Thomas & Walter Quinn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Sormanti has requested that donations be made in her memory to the MSPCA-Angell Animal Care and Adoption Center.

2020 Patriots Cheerleaders Auditions

PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020

Time: 9:30 AM registration.

Location: Cross Insurance Pavilion & Business Center, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA. Directions: https://bit.ly/2HmNFoK

Preliminary Auditions will be held on one day only. There will not be a make-up date scheduled and we do not accept videotapes in lieu of auditioning. Preliminary auditions are not open for public viewing.

Callbacks: Those not advancing through preliminary auditions will not receive a callback for either the dance or promotional cheerleader position. Those who advance will be notified day of preliminary auditions if they advance as a dance candidate and no promotional cheerleaders will be considered on this day.

Details:

  • Wear neat work-out attire and sneakers or dance shoes
  • Hair and make-up: “glamour” vs. “sporty”
  • Plenty to drink, lunch and snacks
  • $20.00 registration fee; cash, check or MO made payable to the New England Patriots
  • Resume
  • 1 5×7 photo for identification purposes
  • Online application should be submitted online in advance or you may apply day-of at registration

You do not need to cover tattoos or remove piercings for the audition process, however, should you be selected for the Patriots Cheerleading squad, only tattoos that can be concealed by the uniform or makeup are permissible and one pair of post earrings are allowed.

Agenda:

  • Freestyle round – we will provide the music day of event
  • 1 or 2 dance combinations will be taught
  • 40-50 dancers will advance to semi-final auditions
  • Online interviews will be arranged

Click here for more information.
Click here to register for auditions.

New England Patriots Cheerleaders Photos from Week 14

In the most anticipated match up of Week 14, the New England Patriots hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that likely will feature these two teams in the AFC championship game.  The Patriots have been nearly invincible at home in November, but the visiting Chiefs are formidable in their own right and it showed as they won a hard fought match, 23 – 16.  This game exposed the most glaring weakness of the Patriots, namely a lack of play-making receivers.

Let’s turn our attention to the reason why we are all here, namely to view the latest images of the New England Patriots Cheerleaders.  Click here to view the Patriots gallery of images from last week.

New England Patriots Cheerleaders Photos from Week 12

One of the most anticipated games of the year was played last Sunday between the New England Patriots and the Dallas Cowboys.  A pouring rainstorm put a damper on the quality of play between two of the best offensive teams in the NFL and two blown tripping calls by the referees ultimately affected the outcome of the game.  And what should have been an instant classic was, in the end, a largely unwatchable game…except for the two blown calls, it was unmemorable.

Final score: Patriots – 13, Cowboys – 9.

I must applaud the New England Patriots Cheerleaders for performing admirably in pouring rain.  It must have been quite an unpleasant experience, but at least they got to cheer for the winning team!  Click here to view the Patriots gallery of images from last Sunday.

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When I was an NFL season ticket holder, one of the most fun and festive games of the year was the Halloween game where the cheerleaders often wore colorful themed costumes. Last weekend, the New England Patriots Cheerleaders were one of the few NFL cheerleading squads, if not the only one, to wear festive Halloween costumes.  And I have to give them credit because it looked rainy and cold in Gillette Stadium.  Click here to view the Patriots gallery of images from last Sunday.

 

New England Patriots Cheerleaders Photos from Week 6

What can you say about the New England Patriots other than they are the model of consistency.  All they do is win.  Winning is expected and it really doesn’t matter who they are playing.  They always seem to find a way to win.  And last Thursday, they played the New York Football Giants, who were playing without Saquon Barkley, so needless to say…the Patriots continued their winning ways.  Same ol’.  Same ol’.

So, let’s change gears and turn our attention to the New England Patriots cheerleaders, who were commemorating the NFL’s Crucial Catch initiative.  Click here to view the Patriots gallery of images from last Thursday.

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We conclude our coverage of Week 4 of the NFL Preseason with the New England Patriots Cheerleaders.  Click here to view their wonderful game gallery of images.  There are some truly exeptional photographs in the Patriots gallery and you will surely want to check them all out.

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2019 New England Patriots Cheerleaders Auditions Announced

PRELIMINARY AUDITIONS REQUIREMENTS

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2019

Time: 9:30 a.m. registration.

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA – Exact location at Gillette Stadium TBD and will be posted online closer to auditions. Check back!

Preliminary Auditions will be held on one day only. There will not be a make-up date scheduled and we do not accept videotapes in lieu of auditioning. Preliminary auditions are not open for public viewing. 

Details:

  • Wear neat work-out attire and sneakers or dance shoes
  • Hair and make-up: “glamour” vs. “sporty”
  • Plenty to drink, lunch and snacks
  • $20.00 registration fee; cash, check or MO made payable to the New England Patriots
  • Resume
  • 1 5×7 photo for identification purposes
  • Online application should be submitted online in advance or you may apply day-of at registration

Agenda:

  • Freestyle round – we will provide the music day of event
  • 1 or 2 dance combinations will be taught
  • 40-50 dancers will advance to semi-final auditions
  • Interview schedules will be arranged

Random NFL Cheerleader Pic of the Day

Random NFL Cheerleader Pic of the Day

2019 New England Patriots Cheerleaders Auditions Workshops

AUDITION WORKSHOP

The Optional Audition Workshop is a program designed to better prepare candidates for the audition process. There are two programs available – one opportunity for Dance Team candidates and one for Promotional Cheerleaders.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. (registration) – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA – Exact location at Gillette Stadium TBD and will be posted online closer to the event. Check back!

DANCE TEAM OPPORTUNITY:
9:00 AM registration – 3:00 PM

  • Registration
  • Learn dance choreography – 1st two hours – similar to the style that will be taught at preliminary auditions
  • Fitness session conducted by Andy Berler, creator of BMAX and personal trainer for the Patriots Cheerleaders
  • Nutritional guidance session hosted by Dr. Debra Foschi, Patriots Cheerleaders’ nutritionist
  • Detailed overview of the audition process and Q&A
  • 2018 Patriots Cheerleaders poster and calendar give-away

Cost of Workshop for Dance Team candidates: $125.00 (one hundred twenty five dollars) per participant

PROMOTIONAL CHEERLEADER OPPORTUNITY (excludes dance session):
11:15 AM registration – 3:00 PM

  • Registration
  • Fitness session conducted by Andy Berler, creator of BMAX and personal trainer for the Patriots Cheerleaders
  • Nutritional guidance session hosted by Dr. Debra Foschi, Patriots Cheerleaders’ nutritionist
  • Detailed overview of the audition process and Q&A
  • 2018 Patriots Cheerleaders poster and calendar give-away

Cost of Workshop for Promotional Cheerleader candidates: $60.00 (sixty dollars) per participant

BOTH OPTIONS:

Age: Must be at least 18 years of age to participate

What to Wear: Neat work-out attire with warm-ups and sneakers or dance shoes

What to Bring: Snacks, water bottle and notebook/pen and hair-tie for fitness segment

Workshop is not open for public viewing.

Deadline to register is January 25 by 4:00 PM EST.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

https://offers.gillettestadium.com/offers/2019-patriots-cheerleaders-audition-workshop

Random NFL Cheerleader Pic of the Day

Random NFL Cheerleader Pic of the Day